Appetite for Words Festival

October 4th, 2017

The widely-loved Joseph Hoare, former food editor of Toronto Life magazine, has inspired the Appetite for Words Festival, a literary festival with a culinary twist. In conjunction with the Stratford Chefs School’s Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence program and the DigiWriting Stratford Writers Festival, the Appetite for Words Festival will run from October 27-29, 2017, and provide attendees with an opportunity to taste the words they are reading.

As Joseph Hoare was immensely supportive of young writers interested in food and gastronomy, the role of the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence (WIR) is to contribute a more well-rounded education for some of Canada’s best up-and-coming chefs. This goal is achieved by leading workshops on food writing, providing students with gastronomic consultations, and sharing knowledge about current food culture. As an extension of this program, the Appetite for Words Festival is grounded by the same guiding principles.

To open the festival, guests are invited to “Taste the Tradition” as the 2017 Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence Chef Andrew George Jr. brings traditions of indigenous cuisine, teachings, and culture into the modern world at a scrumptious literary dinner. In the spirit of Joseph Hoare, there will also be an opportunity to attend culinary classes with this renowned chef.

A literary dinner with award-winning author Alice Zorn based on her latest novel, Five Roses, pays homage to the culinary history of working-class Montreal and Quebec, while another literary dinner with outspoken Toronto-based restauranteur Jenn Agg will feature a menu inspired by her Black Hoof restaurant and her memoir I Hear She’s a Real Bitch.

Festival attendees can be one of the very first people to receive a copy of award-winning television host and bestselling author Laura Calder‘s brand new book, The Inviting Life, before it hits bookshelves when they join Laura for a delicious meal at Revival House as she launches her new book.

Literary meals extend beyond dinners, as well. Award-winning writer, artist, and broadcaster Kevin Sylvester captivates the young at heart with a unique breakfast event filled with literary discussions, astonishing art, and great food, where participants will sample a specialty dish of his famous character, Neil Flambé.

Canadian bloggers and travellers Dana VanVeller and Lindsay Anderson will discuss their latest cookbook, Feast, and their cross-country road trip to find the best dishes Canada has to offer at their literary lunch. Churchill Farms also opens its grounds to the public for a rare opportunity for an open-air discussion with Jonah Campbell on literature, cultural influences, and new perspectives on the way we see food A ploughman’s style buffet will also be served at this event.

Finally, no culinary festival would be complete without tasting events. A literary cocktail event will take place at Stratford’s Distillery-Junction 56 with a Great Gatsby inspired theme. Also, wine lovers will be able to taste and discuss six wines from the land of “Oenotria” at Pazzo and see why Italy is the most diverse and exhilarating wine producing country in the world. A savoury cheese board will complement drinks with literary wine quotes to add a sip of sophistication.

The Appetite for Words Festival will be held at the Stratford Chefs School and other venues around Stratford’s downtown core. Tickets cost $15 and up depending on the event. For more information on the Appetite for Words Festival, check out the website for updates, or be in touch with DigiWriting via email at

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Stratford Chefs School is a not-for-profit career college focused on the innovative, hands-on training of high quality, aspiring chefs and culinary entrepreneurs. Since 1983 the School has helped to set the standard for excellence in culinary training in Canada, and produced over 750 graduates who contribute to the development of a distinctive Canadian cuisine.

The Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence is named in honour of the widely loved former food editor of Toronto Life magazine. Joseph Hoare was immensely supportive of young writers interested in food and gastronomy. After Mr. Hoare’s death in 1997, his family chose to honour his lifelong passion for food and food writing by means of an endowment to the innovative Gastronomic Writer in Residence at Stratford Chefs School, then renamed the Joseph Hoare Gastronomic Writer in Residence program.